California was hit by the deadliest and most devastating wildfires in its entire history.
Thousands of people were under mandatory evacuations on Saturday after wind-whipped-up wildfires roared across rural northern California, hurting people and incinerating an undetermined number of homes.
The fire that started near a wooden furniture plant on Friday swiftly spread to a suburb on the northern boundary of Weed, but the wind eventually pushed the fire away from the community of approximately 2,600 inhabitants.
Those who evacuated the area reported thick black smoke with chunks of ash falling from the sky.
Annie Peterson reported that she was sitting on her porch in close proximity to Roseburg Forest Resources, which is a manufacturer of wood veneers, when “all at once we heard a loud explosion and all that soot was just coming over toward us.”
In a short amount of time, her house and approximately a dozen others had caught fire.
She reported that people of her parish helped her in evacuating the building with her disabled child, who is unable to move independently. She said that it appeared as though “the world is coming to an end” when she saw the sight of smoke and fire.
Suzi Brady, a spokesman for the California Department of Fire Services, stated that a great number of people were hurt.
The flames rushed over tinder-dry grass, bush, and wood as they consumed everything in their path. An order to evacuate had been sent for 7,500 residents of Weed and many other surrounding towns.
Climate change, according to the findings of scientists, has rendered the western region of the country warmer and drier during the past three decades. They also predict that the weather will continue to get more extreme and that wildfires will become more common and catastrophic.
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